Game of Thrones fans have known since the first season that the show will be fantastic. Here are a few interesting tidbits from that season.
HBO’s Game of Thrones has proven to be the apex of fantasy television, as one of the last great monoculture shows. Each season offered stories that had never been seen on television before and did honor to George R.R. Martin’s immense work in his book series.
GoT continues to enthrall viewers a year after its spectacular climax, with many returning for series rewatches. With a program as complex and thick as Game of Thrones, there are bound to be lots of hidden elements for viewers to notice. These can be traced all the way back to the first season.
10. Pilot Hairstyles
Ned Stark and Jon Snow from Game of Thrones One of the most famous Game of Thrones behind-the-scenes facts is that the pilot was planned to be radically different. Different performers, different scenes, and different plot lines. It was one of the most expensive pilot reshoots in television history, but it all worked out in the end.
Even still, the actors who remained in both versions of the pilot had a difficult time. Consider the hairstyles of characters such as Robb, Jon Snow, Ned Stark, and King Robert. From scene to scene, the lengths and styles appear to vary.
9. Westeros Pregnancy
Cersei Lannister has a unique characteristic that eagle-eyed viewers of the program will note in the first season’s early episodes. Lena Headey was pregnant throughout the first few episodes. Headey’s pregnancy was never obvious for the Cersei character thanks to careful wardrobe and camera angles.
Granted, pregnancy has been used in many problematic plots during Game of Thrones’ existence, but it didn’t have to be that way in the first season. After all, in terms of Cersei and Jaime’s relationship, that would have simply added to the confusion.
8. Ser Duncan The Tall
There are numerous subtle references and Easter eggs to the wider literary realm of Westeros during the length of Game of Thrones. In the season one episode “Lord Snow,” Old Nan makes one of these comments.
She makes a reference to Ser Duncan the Tall, a figure who appeared heavily in Martin’s story Tales of Dunk and Egg, which came out before A Game of Thrones. Hidden nuances like this helped to further fill out the fantasy universe and give the show a sense of a larger timeline.
7. The Bath of Daenerys Targaryen
Returning to the pilot for a moment, the opening few moments with Daenerys Targaryen include plenty of foreshadowing for her incredible character arc. Dany is clearly better qualified to reign than Viserys, as any observer can see. However, casual viewers may not realize the full significance of her bath.
She was never troubled by the excessive heat in the first place. Dany enters the bath despite its extreme heat and is completely unconcerned. On first glance, she appears to be oblivious to her current position. It is, however, a clever piece of foreshadowing for how Dany would be able to walk through flames.
6. Foreshadowing Braavos
Season one foreshadows not just Daenerys’ fiery resolve, but also other elements of future seasons. In “Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things,” Arya’s upcoming arc with the Faceless Men of Braavos is alluded to when Doreah speaks of one of the men.
She claims to have seen a man who could alter his face as quickly as some people can change their clothes. Fans of the program will recognize this as an obvious reference on a rewatch. But it’s a buried component of world building and soon-to-come character arcs the first time through.
5. The Cell Membrane
Sky Cell Tyrion It remains to be seen if the characters in Game of Thrones have cell walls because if they exist in a different universe, they might not necessarily be human. However, there is one cell wall that is undeniably true: Tyrion Lannister’s cell wall.
When he is in the sky cell in “The Wolf and the Lion,” writing can be seen on the wall that reads, “Gods save me, the blue is calling.” This is a quote featured in the books, as well, and it is an obvious reference to the immense danger that one would find himself in if he was in a sky cell.
4. We Have Arrived
While some house mottos can get easily muddled (do the Lannisters always pay their debts or are they more known for their proclivity to roar?), the motto of House Mormont is as stoic as the people who populate the house.
“Here We Stand” is what the Mormonts stand by and it is also verbiage that is used when Jorah Mormont stands by the dragon eggs. Viserys, in “A Golden Crown,” moves for the eggs, but Jorah blocks his way and remarks, “Here I stand.” He’s undoubtedly a man of honor and a Mormont.
3. Dead Stags
Game of Thrones is heavy on the symbolism and this largely comes through with the animals who represent each house. For House Baratheon, the animal is a stag and numerous dead stags throughout the first season spell out doom for the family.
For example, in the pilot, a stag is seen with a direwolf as the two creatures killed one another, hinting towards bad blood between the Starks and Baratheons. Likewise, in “You Win or You Die,” Tywin Lannister skins and butchers a stag, foreshadowing his decimation of House Baratheon.
2. A Wilhelm Scream
Ned Stark in Baelor What beloved, long-running genre story on screen would be complete without a Wilhelm scream? The team behind Game of Thrones decided to include one in the first season’s most famous and penultimate episode, “Baelor.”
When the skirmish between the Lannisters and the Starks dies down about forty-five minutes into the duration of the episode, the scream can be distinctly heard in the background of the scene. It’s a fun inclusion in a show that is so distinctly distant from common tropes of Hollywood. A true hidden detail, a Wilhelm scream is always welcome once during a film or series.
1. Lord Bush
In the Red Keep in the episode, “Fire and Blood,” there are myriad heads placed onto spikes by the petulant Joffrey. (Spoiler alert for people who have somehow read this far and avoided season one spoilers over the past decade.) One of these heads obviously belongs to Ned Stark. However, one head is reminiscent of another famous leader.
A head on a spike was modeled after former President George W. Bush. Following a predictable backlash, the episode was digitally re-edited and changed for subsequent releases of the season one finale installment.
Sigourney Weaver is coming back for Avatar 2 CRAZY!
In the first Avatar, Weaver’s scientist character died, but now she’s back as the protagonists’ adopted Na’vi daughter.
We were all surprised when we heard about 17 billion years ago that Sigourney Weaver would be back for James Cameron’s Avatar sequels (even more so than with the idea of there being multiple Avatar sequels). But now that we know how Weaver is going to come back, we’re even more confused.
Empire magazine has said that Weaver will play a completely different character in Avatar: The Way of Water. In the first movie, she played Dr. Grace Augustine, the creator of the Human-Na’vi switcheroo Avatar Program, who died at the end. And no, it’s not a human. It’s Jake and Neytiri’s daughter, who is about to turn 16.
Weaver will play Kiri, Jake and Neytiri’s adopted daughter. It looks like we’ll meet a lot of Jake and Neytiri’s family in The Way of Water. Weaver told Empire what it was like to play a digitized blue teenager, “I think we all pretty much remember how we felt when we were that age.” “Oh, yes, I do. When I was 11, I was 5’10” or 5’11” tall. I was sure Kiri would feel uncomfortable a lot of the time. She wants to find out who she is. When Jim gave me that task, I was thrilled.
Now, adults play children all the time, especially in the world of voice acting, and at least one of the photos Empire released of Kiri makes it look like Weaver will also show up as Dr. Augustine again in some way, probably through old footage. But knowing that the Na’vi are mostly brought to life by fancy mocap rigs, it will be strange to see Weaver’s physical performance put on a teenager. Even though he is a blue alien teen with long arms and legs, he is still a teen.
The movie Avatar: The Way of Water will come out in December 2022.
Disney will show new scenes from “Avatar: The Way of Water”
Disney started its CineEurope presentation in Barcelona today with 12 minutes of footage from July’s Marvel fourquel Thor: Love and Thunder. Throughout the show, Disney showed trailers and looks at its other upcoming movies, including four never-before-seen scenes from James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water.
Before the Thor footage, Disney’s Head of Global Theatrical Distribution Tony Chambers talked about the importance of immersive storytelling and the studio’s “robust, diverse slate.” This was followed by about 60 minutes of footage that was introduced by EMEA Head of Theatrical Distribution Nick Rush and EMEA Head of Studio Marketing Lee Jury.
There were prerecorded messages from people like Marvel boss Kevin Feige, who said, “It feels like we’re just getting started, even after 14 years.” As he introduced the Love And Thunder scenes, Thor star Chris Hemsworth said he wished he was in Barcelona, where the sangria “always tastes better.”
Harrison Ford sent a video for Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones 5, saying that it had been 13 years since the last movie and that it was “time to put on the fedora and crack the whip.”
We also saw parts of Haunted Mansion, Pixar’s Elemental and Strange World, and the ensemble Amsterdam, which was directed by David O. Russell for New Regency.
Sam Mendes sent a video about Empire Of Light by Searchlight. The director of 1917 said that after making that movie, he wrote this one during lockdown. He said it was a “extremely personal story” about music, movies, and finding love in strange places.
Rebecca Kearey, the international head of Searchlight, showed a trailer for See How They Run, which stars Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan, and a teaser for The Banshees of Inisherin, which stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, directed by Martin McDonagh. Searchlight also showed the first scene of Chevalier, which is about the son of an African slave and a French plantation owner who grows up to be a famous composer in France.
The next movie by Thor director Taika Waititi, Next Goal Wins, got an eight-minute sneak peek. The movie is about the American Samoa soccer team. In 2001, they lost to Australia 31-0, which was the worst loss in World Cup history. Michael Fassbender takes over as their new coach.
Disney’s show ended with a visit from Avatar producer Jon Landau, who flew from New Zealand to Barcelona to talk about the next movie in the series. He said that Avatar: The Way of Water was in the final stages of post-production and that it was important to be in Barcelona “to show our support for the exhibition community.”
Landau said that the strength of James Cameron’s scripts is that they have universal themes. “There is nothing more relatable than family,” he said before showing a message from Cameron.
Cameron from New Zealand said that the people working on Avatar were “pushing the limits even further… Every shot is made for the biggest screen and best resolution that can be achieved… I think this is what people want.” He also said, “Our business is not going away.”
Sigourney Weaver Reveals Her Unconventional Role in ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’
Weaver will portray Jake and Neytiri’s adoptive child.
Many pondered what type of role Sigourney Weaver would have in the sequel to James Cameron’s Avatar after the death of her character, Dr. Grace Augustine, who was the leader of the Avatar Program in the previous film. Finally, in an Empire Magazine exclusive, Weaver shared insights about the role she will portray in Avatar: The Way of Water, as well as a new photograph from the film.
Weaver announced to Empire Magazine that she would play Kiri, the adoptive daughter of Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldaa), in the film. “I believe we all remember what we were experiencing as teens,” Weaver told Empire Magazine exclusively. “I most definitely do. When I was 11, I was 5′ 10″ or 5′ 11″. I had a strong feeling Kiri would be uncomfortable a lot of the time. She’s trying to figure out who she is. Jim’s assignment of that task excited me.”
A fresh picture, which adds to the character’s mystery, has also been unveiled, hinting at some type of link that Kiri would have with Grace. Kiri is seen inside a lab, staring at a monitor with a recording of Grace on it. Despite not being biologically connected to Jake and Neytiri, Kiri seems to have human traits that other Na’vi do not have, such as five digits and eyebrows, adding to the character’s mystery.
With an obvious link between the two, as well as both characters being performed by the same actor, viewers can only guess on how significant Kiri’s involvement will be in the plot. The character will also appear on a subscriber-exclusive cover of Empire Magazine, which depicts her swimming underwater appreciating Pandora’s aquatic life, as shown in the first teaser.
Weaver and Cameron will work together again for Avatar: The Way of Water, having previously played Ellen Ripley in Aliens and Grace in the first Avatar film. Along with Weaver, Stephen Lang will reprise his role as Colonel Miles Quaritch, the man responsible for Grace’s death, in the sequel. Quaritch, like Weaver’s character, perished in the first film, fueling curiosity regarding his participation in Avatar: The Way of Water. While the roles of both actors remain unknown, fan speculation may continue until the highly anticipated film is released later this year.
On December 16, Avatar: The Way of Water will be released exclusively in cinemas.
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